Physician Assistant Program Application Requirements

Arcadia’s hybrid PA program is a full-time program consisting of 116 credits completed across 24 months. We review candidates holistically, and strive to create cohorts with a diverse blend of academic and professional strengths. Applicants to the hybrid program must plan to reside in the U.S. for the duration of the program.

To apply to the hybrid program, you must meet the following criteria and submit the materials listed below.

Online Application

The hybrid PA application is completed through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).

Application Fees

CASPA requires applicants to pay a $179 application fee for the first program you apply to, and a $55 fee for each additional program.

Official Transcripts

Include one official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended in your application. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official. Do not send transcripts directly to Arcadia. Transcripts should be sent directly to CASPA.

Personal Statement

As part of the CASPA application, you will be required to submit three personal statements.

  • Essay 1: In your own words, write a brief statement expressing your motivation or desire to become a physician assistant. This statement cannot exceed 5,000 characters, and will be shared with all programs you apply to.
  • Essay 2: Why do you believe that a hybrid learning environment would be better for you? (200 words or less)
  • Essay 3: Answer only one of the following questions. Do not exceed 200 words.
    • What do you see as your biggest hurdle in being an independent learner?
    • How do you think your daily routine will change in this new environment?
    • What is an opinion that you have held in the past that you have had to change? 

Academic Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

You must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.  The degree must be completed prior to entering the program, but can be in progress when you apply.


A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is strongly preferred.

GRE Scores

Test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. Your score must be from a test taken within the last five years. No minimum score required. The hybrid PA program’s GRE school code is 4696.

Prerequisite Courses

A total of 10 prerequisite courses in the following subject areas must be completed before the start of class.

  • Biological Sciences: Five courses to include Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology. Biochemistry is recommended.
  • Chemistry: Three courses, including at least one semester of Organic Chemistry.
  • Psychology: One course.
  • Statistics: One course.

Arcadia’s hybrid PA program does not allow students to waive courses, nor does it offer advanced standing. You may have no more than two prerequisite courses outstanding at the time of application.

If you completed a prerequisite course in the Spring 2020 semester on a Pass/Fail basis due to COVID-19, we will accept prerequisites with a passing grade. In addition, we will accept online lab credits at this time.

Other Requirements

Direct Patient Care Experience

You must provide proof of at least 200 hours (recommended) of direct patient care experience. You can complete these hours in a range of roles, including:

  • CNA
  • Rehab aide
  • Physical therapy aide
  • Medical scribe
  • EMT
  • Paramedic
  • Medical assistant
  • Patient care technician
  • Clinical assistant
  • Clinical care technician
  • Clinical medical assistant
  • Personal care assistant
  • Personal attendant
  • Athletic trainer
  • Neurotology assistant
  • Ophthalmic technician
  • EKG technician
  • First aid responder
  • Emergency technician
  • Phlebotomist

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. Ideally, they should be from a professor, practicing licensed physician, an advanced practice provider or any other individual who can speak to the applicant’s adaptability, intellectual ability, and reliability.

Student Work Policy

All matriculated students are strongly discouraged from obtaining or continuing outside employment because of the intensive nature of the program. Students who are involved in volunteer or paid work during their course of study in the PA program cannot use their affiliation with the program in any aspect of that job. Students are prohibited from applying compensated clinical experience toward academic credit. In addition, students may not provide services within a preceptor’s practice apart from those rendered as part of the clinical year of the program. Work outside the PA Program undertaken by the student, independent of the program, is not covered by the liability insurance required for clinical work associated with the educational experience of the Program. Students may not receive compensation for any work performed within the preceptor’s site or practice. Students are not permitted to have clerical or teaching responsibilities to the program, nor will they ever be required to work for the PA program.

Information for International Applicants

Arcadia welcomes applications from non-U.S. citizens who are currently residing in the U.S. It is strongly recommended that all science prerequisites be taken at an accredited U.S. institution.

If you have completed your education outside the U.S. or Canada, you must submit a World Education Service (WES) foreign evaluation of your coursework to CASPA.

In addition, official results from the TOEFL (minimum 93 iBT) or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language, except for non-native English speakers who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand). The scores must be sent directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) to CASPA in electronic format. A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the U.S. is also required.

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